In case you’re wondering…

9 Jan

Three-and-a-half hours on the bike at 24 degrees plus 18-25 mph winds equals:

  • Voler team bib shorts
  • MadAlchemy Jeremy Powers embrocation (esp. on knees)
  • SmartWool calf-height ski socks
  • Sugoi MidZero knee warmers
  • Sugoi MidZero tight (key thing here is the fleece back on both the knee warmers and tights)
  • Craft Gore WS short sleeve baselayer (which they seem to have stopped making, but they’re still doing a long sleeve version)
  • Voler team long sleeve jersey (made from their GeoTherm fabric, which has a brushed fleece backing)
  • Giordana Winter Jacket from my Icelandic team
  • Sugoi team custom Windblock Jacket (for extra wind protection and so that I had something in team kit on top)
  • DMT Radial road shoes
  • Chemical air-activated toe warmers
  • Specialized Neoprene shoe covers
  • Specialized Sub-Zero gloves
  • Sugoi tuke under helmet

Result?  Maybe a tad overdressed, but actually pretty comfortable for the whole ride.  Nothing I couldn’t manage with temperature control via zippers.  Dressing for dry cold is fairly easy, though.  It’s cold and wet that always gives me trouble.  Any recommendations for a top-quality rain shell?


5 Responses to “In case you’re wondering…”

  1. Scott January 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    wow; that is probably slightly over dressed. I’ve done knickers under fleecy Pearl Izumi tights and that worked pretty well; hands and feet are the hardest to keep warm

    • learninghowtosuffer January 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

      Yeah, it was very warm, but at no point did I feel like I was in danger of sweating too much and getting chilled. Lots of good moisture movement. My hands and feet were rockin’ the whole time. Not sure I like the split-finger thing on the Specialized gloves (or at least I’m not used to it yet), but it definitely keeps the hands warm.

      • Scott January 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

        my old hands need the mitten-like Pearl Izumi lobsters (with inner liner glove); the specialized looks intriguing

  2. Scott January 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    supposedly these are great jackets; breath when dry but then waterproof when wet. but not cheap. assos makes a similar one that I assume is even more expensive but according to Gonzo really does work


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